Queens Village Civic Association History


      The Queens Village Civic Association was born in 1957, and has served our community continuously since that time. Our ten-member Executive Board and 200 plus members are dedicated to maintaining and improving our quality of life. We don’t just complain about problems; we work on solutions.

      We work with our elected officials and City agencies to ensure that we receive our fair share of municipal services.

      As a member of the Queens Civic Congress, we are united with more than 100 civic and community organizations in Queens to combat quality of life crimes such as: illegal housing construction and conversions, zoning law violations, graffiti, noise pollution, illegal truck traffic and parking, unlawful posting of advertising signs on utility and City poles, attempts by unscrupulous developers and real estate brokers to destroy the low-density residential character of our communities with McMansions and tall buildings.

      We serve as a “Block Watcher” for the 105th Precinct and work with our police to help keep crime out of Queens Village. Our newsletters contain information and warnings form the NYPD about criminal activities in our neighborhoods. We publish our newsletter nine times a year to keep our members and residents informed about important happenings in our community and services they may be eligible for.

      Throughout the years, we have given educational awards to deserving students to help them finance their education.

      Past Presidents of the Queens Village Civic Association include Brendan McElroy, Peter Lee, Randolph O’Lena, Horace Pittari, Joseph Nickischer, Kenneth Daly, Fred Schurr, Richard Sypniewski, Mary Parella, Marie Tempesta, Edward Harap, and Arthur Rojas.

      Our President Nagassar (Ram) Ramgarib, who has served in this capacity for nine years, is stepping down. He will become a member of our Executive Board as a Trustee, continuing to share with us his expertise and love of Queens Village.

      Our new President Amelia Kent is a highly experienced community activist who knows what has to be done to get action that improves our quality of life. She has served for many years as our Vice President and on our Executive Board. She will be sworn in at our Annual Dinner and Installation of Officers Ceremony on June 19, 2007.

      The Queens Village Civic Association meets the third Tuesday of the month, except in July, August, and December, in Stewart Hall in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Springfield Boulevard and 93rd Avenue, beginning at 8:00 P. M. Members and the public are invited. Dues are $5.00 a year.